Today’s Real Mom Dilemma is from Mama K and one we struggled with ourselves – air travel with baby! I posted about the things you need to bring along when air traveling with your little one but Mama K really seeks advice on how to travel with the babe. Someone has to have the solution or at least an experience to share right?? If you are new to The Wise Baby, Real Mom Dilemmas are real problems that come from real moms. We post them here in hopes that our other mom readers can lend their advice and experience to help another mom out. Be sure to leave a comment on this post with your advice, experience or even issues of your own. If you have a dilemma you’d like to see featured, send it to me here (we never use real names!).
Hi all! I am really hoping someone out there has some good advice for me or can at least bring some clarity to the situation… my husband and I planning a “spring break” getaway to Naples, FL with our baby boy, Joey. Joey will be nine months at the time of travel and we will be flying and renting a car. I need to book our airfare but am totally conflicted – do I buy him a seat or have him sit on our lap? The flight is about three hours (direct, thank goodness).
If we get him buy Joey his own seat, we’ll bring his carseat and snap n go stroller. I have checked and his carseat is FAA approved and I can gate check the stroller. This sounds great but a) is it a total pain to lug our carseat on the plane? b) is it worth it to buy an additional seat??
If he sits on our lap, what do we do about a carseat when we arrive in Naples? I know there are car rental companies that rent carseats but I have heard firsthand horror stories from friends about disgustingly dirty seats, old and outdated seats, not knowing if the seat has been in an accident, etc BUT I have also had friends that have had good experiences. So is it just a roll of the dice? (which I do not like because knowing my luck I would get a dirty one!). I also do not like the idea of checking our seat… I feel like it will get ruined with how baggage handlers handle luggage (am I overreacting?!?)
I would really love to hear anyone’s advice and/or experience with this! I owe you all one! Thanks so much.